Oregon State couldn’t keep up their pace tonight, falling to USC 72-66 after their shooting went cold in the second half. Oregon State falls to 19-6, and 7-6 in conference play. The Trojans sit at 13-11, and 5-8 in conference play.
Oregon State started strong, with Taylor Jones in particular being effective in the paint. A pair of free throws from Jones gave the Beavers a narrow 17-15 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter turned into the Mikayla Pivec show, as the future Senior Class Award winner scored 8 points in the frame. USC kept things close, but an Aleah Goodman three with 30 seconds to go gave the Beavers a 3 point lead at halftime, 35-32.
The second half was when things fell apart for OSU. The game, as many others have done this season, started getting increasingly physical and USC started inching closer and closer to grabbing the lead. They finally got it around the five minute mark, as the Beavers’ ran cold. With only one of their starting post players healthy, the Beavers had a tough time scoring in the key, and they began to get bullied off the perimeter. USC led 51-45 after three.
Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum tried to do what they could to get the Beavers back into the game, but every time the team would get close, USC would pull away again. Oregon State couldn’t consistently hit their shots with the few opportunities they got, while USC was consistent from the foul line as time wound down. The Trojans take the victory 72-66.
Mikayla Pivec led Oregon State in scoring, with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Taylor Jones and Destiny Slocum each had 12, with Slocum also adding 5 assists and 3 rebounds, and Jones adding 7 rebounds. Kat Tudor finished with 11 points and 6 rebounds to round out the Beavers’ top scorers.
Oregon State, now on a two game losing streak, stares down one of their toughest match-ups of the season, travling to Pauley Pavilllion to take on the 7th ranked UCLA Bruins. That game will be on Monday, February 17th, with tip off set for 6:00 PM PT.